Syria

January 27, 2015

An Israeli solider walks near an Iron Dome defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. (AFP/Jack Guez)
13:58 GMT

Syrian media has reported Israeli artillery fire at a Syrian military based in Golan Heights.

President Erdogan predicts grave problems in the future if the Kurds take gull control of northern Syria. (AFP/Getty Images/Nikolay Doychinov)
12:52 GMT

According to a report, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to accept the idea of a Kurdish-controlled northern Syria.

Muath Kasasbeh has been held by Daesh since his plane went down more than a month ago. (File photo)
11:31 GMT

The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Jordan's parliament said Tuesday that the country would "likely" accept a deal to release a prisoner on death row in exchange for a Japanese hostage if the swap also included Jordan's captured fighter pilot.

Kinda is thinking of quitting acting because it's to "overwhelming." (Image: Albawaba file)
09:35 GMT

Syrian actress Kinda Alloush is tired of being in the spotlight; does that mean she's leaving acting behind?

The key capture of the embattled Syrian city of Kobane by Kurdish forces has instilled more confidence in ground troops' ability to regain control in Daesh-held areas, but US-led airstrikes are still considered to be largely ineffective against the military group. (AFP/File)
08:50 GMT

As Iraqi troops hailed success in retaking eastern Iraq's Diyala Monday, Kurdish militia announced the complete drive-out of Daesh militants from the key Syrian border city of Kobane, whose bloody plight has been a focus point in the Kurdish struggle to stave off militants.

The video comes just days after protests on the fourth anniversary of Egypt's 2011 revolution left at least 18 mainly-peaceful demonstrators dead across the country when security forces fired into the crowd. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT

Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, who recently pledged allegiance to Daesh and renamed itself "Sinai Province," released a video on Monday depicting what they said were images of Egyptian security forces mistreating Muslim female protesters, followed by footage of captured police captain Ayman El-Desouki's kidnapping and execution at the hands of the group.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad criticized some of the opposition participants as "puppets" of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, or the West. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Despite low expectations, Syrian opposition figures began peace talks in Moscow on Monday. A government official may join later in the week.

January 26, 2015

Earlier today it was announced that the Kurdish forces have reclaimed much of the contested city of Kobani. (AFP/US Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)
13:08 GMT

Of the 34 air-strikes, 21 were launched in Syria and 13 in Iraq, focusing on the cities of Kobani, Mosul, Tal Afar, and Falluja.

Kurdish people look at the Syrian town of Kobani from the Turkish side of the border. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
11:50 GMT

AFP announces the Kurdish forces have reclaimed the border town of Kobani from Daesh.

Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrive for a meeting at the Royal Palace on January 18, 2015 in Amman. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
11:35 GMT

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his intent to release Goto "by seeking cooperation with other countries," according to Kyodo News.

Syrian Kurdish children sit outside tents in a refugee camp in the town of Suruc, in the province of Sanliurfa. (AFP/Getty Images/Aris Messinis)
10:03 GMT

Turkey opened its largest refugee camp, which at maximum capacity will host 35,000 Syrians, many of whom are fleeing the violence in Kobani.

Angelina Jolie speaks of the refugee crisis in Iraq and Syria on behalf of the UNHCR. (Image: AFP)
10:02 GMT

She's been in Iraq five times over the past eight years, and UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie says this is the worst she's ever seen in the refugee camps.

Abbas is fully supportive of his son's acting career and has invited him to act alongside him in two projects. (Image: Facebook)
09:04 GMT

When your father is a famous actor like Abbas al Nouri, why not become one too!

January 25, 2015

One of the Japanese hostages is reportedly still alive.
20:10 GMT

Daesh radio confirmed on Sunday that its terrorists have executed Japanese security contractor Haruna Yukawa, following the release of a video announcing the hostage's death, according to AFP.

The rocket and mortar attacks on central Damascus were in retaliation for air raids carried about by the Syrian regime. (Photo: AFP File/SANAA)
15:25 GMT

Four civilians were killed and dozens wounded when rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds Sunday at central Damascus, a monitoring group said.